UNESCO inspectors to visit Sa’d al-Saltaneh caravanserai
TEHRAN – The tourism chief of Qazvin province has said that UNESCO inspectors will visit the Sa’d al-Saltaneh caravanserai next month to assess the possible registration of the century-old monument.
The inspectors would arrive in Qazvin on October 13 to inspect the latest situation of the caravanserai. And their visits have been postponed due to the spread of the coronavirus, Alireza Khazaeli said Thursday, ILNA reported.
The caravanserai flanked by a beautifully restored bazaar of the same name from the Qajar era is expected to attract more international visitors if it obtains UNESCO status.
For many travelers to Iran, staying or even visiting a century-old caravanserai can be a great experience; they have the opportunity to feel the past, a journey through time in a forgotten age!
A complete dossier of a selection of Iranian caravanserais is being prepared for evaluation at the next session of the World Heritage Committee, to be held in 2022.
In 2019, the Ministry of Tourism announced that Iran was developing a dossier for a selection of its historic caravanseries with a view to possible inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In this regard, cultural heritage experts are evaluating these monuments scattered across the country to draw up a shortlist based on their architecture, historical and cultural values.
Qazvin was once the capital of the mighty Persian Empire, under the Safavids, from 1548-98. It is a major tourist destination with a beautifully restored caravanserai turned into an artistic precinct, quirky museums, and a handful of decent dining options. For most travelers, Qazvin is also the first and foremost point of departure for excursions to the famous Assassins’ castles and for hikes in the sensational Alamut Valley.